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Jessica Namakkal, Assistant Professor of the Practice and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Jessica Namakkal
Office Location:  Ics Program, 210-C East Duke Building, Durham, NC 27708-0405
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4353
Email Address:  send me a message
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Teaching (Spring 2018):

  • Ics 195.01, Comp appr global issues Synopsis
    East duke 209, MWF 01:40 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 195.01, GSF 195.01, HISTORY 103.01, POLSCI 110.01, SOCIOL 195.01)
  • Ics 496s.01, Senior honors seminar Synopsis
    White 201, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Office Hours:

Fall 2016

Tuesday 3 - 4:30


  • PhD University of Minnesota 2013
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 2012
  • BA University of Southern California 2001

Research Interests: South Asia, France, Empire, Migration, Global and Postcolonial History

My research focuses on the era, and theories, of decolonization in the 20th-century. I have researched and written about the colonial, decolonial, and postcolonial relationships between France and India, paying particular attention to how the experiences of the people in the French colonies in India challenge the dominant narrative of Indian independence and the "end" of the colonial era. I also work on the question of how decolonization has shaped modern life in Europe, through experiences of postcolonial migrations and global tourism. The manuscript I am currently working on seeks to expand understandings of decolonization from an isolated relationship between metropole and colony to a global context.

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